Thursday, September 17, 2009
Highlighting House Ads: Power Man & Iron Fist
Marvel has always produced great comics, but I wouldn't say that the were always leaders in the realm of house ads. In the 60s, readers got a countless stream of unimaginative 'Another Marvel Masterpiece' ads, simply showing a couple of covers. I guess the books were just selling themselves back then. Over time, a few Marvel titles needed a bit of a boost and some minds came together with some creative and entertaining ads. Some, like this one for Power Man & Iron Fist, even served as proof of a sense of humor (shocking!). I absolutely adore this full-page that was all over the place in early '84, if memory serves. It actually gave a bit of personality to Danny Rand, and the artwork by Bill Sienkiewicz is beautiful. What a fun what to make people curious about this underappreciated series. This is one of Marvel's all-time greatest house ads.